|Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck - TED.com|
When Joshua Prager was 19, a devastating bus accident left him a hemiplegic. He returned to Israel twenty years later to find the driver who turned his world upside down. In this mesmerizing tale of their meeting, Prager probes deep questions of nature, nurture, self-deception and destiny.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; anthropology; disability; storytelling; writing; TED2013; 2013
|Sherwin Nuland on hope - TED.com|
Surgeon and writer Sherwin Nuland meditates on the idea of hope -- the desire to become our better selves and make a better world. It's a thoughtful 12 minutes that will help you focus on the road ahead.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; culture; philanthropy; philosophy; writing; 2003
|Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating - TED.com|
Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple -- though hard -- way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; failure; success; writing; TED2014; 2014
|Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now! - TED.com|
Why do we ever stop playing and creating? With charm and humor, celebrated Korean author Young-ha Kim invokes the world's greatest artists to urge you to unleash your inner child -- the artist who wanted to play forever. (Filmed at TEDxSeoul.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; writing; TEDxSeoul; 2010
|Chris Abani muses on humanity - TED.com|
Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; culture; entertainment; humanity; humor; literature; poetry; politics; writing; 2008
|Courtney Martin: Reinventing feminism - TED.com|
Blogger Courtney Martin examines the perennially loaded word "feminism" in this personal and heartfelt talk. She talks through the three essential paradoxes of her generation's quest to define the term for themselves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; blog; culture; feminism; history; women; writing; 2010
|Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets - TED.com|
From simple alphabets to secret symbolic languages, graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa celebrates the many forms of written communication across the continent of Africa. He highlights the history and legacy that are embodied in written words and symbols, and urges African designers to draw on these graphic forms for fresh inspiration. It's summed up in his favorite Ghanaian glyph, Sankofa, which means "return and get it" -- or "learn from the past."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; culture; design; language; writing; TED2013; 2013
|Felix Dennis: Odes to vice and consequences - TED.com|
Media big shot Felix Dennis roars his fiery, funny, sometimes racy original poetry, revisiting haunting memories and hard-won battle scars from a madcap -- yet not too repentant -- life. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; book; entertainment; history; literature; poetry; writing; 2004
|Lakshmi Pratury on letter-writing - TED.com|
Lakshmi Pratury remembers the lost art of letter-writing and shares a series of notes her father wrote to her before he died. Her short but heartfelt talk may inspire you to set pen to paper, too.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; communication; community; parenting; relationships; short talk; writing; 2007
|Amy Tan on creativity - TED.com|
Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; culture; entertainment; storytelling; writing; TED2008; 2008
|Misha Glenny investigates global crime networks - TED.com|
Journalist Misha Glenny spent several years in a courageous investigation of organized crime networks worldwide, which have grown to an estimated 15% of the global economy. From the Russian mafia, to giant drug cartels, his sources include not just intelligence and law enforcement officials but criminal insiders.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; adventure; crime; economics; global issues; writing; 2009
|Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome - TED.com|
Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxToronto 2010; TED; Talks; book; happiness; life; love; personal growth; psychology; writing; 2010
|Daniel Suarez: The kill decision shouldn't belong to a robot - TED.com|
As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools, he suggests, could take the decision to make war out of the hands of humans.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; robots; technology; war; writing; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Benjamin Wallace on the price of happiness - TED.com|
Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world's most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the fabled (notorious) Kopi Luwak coffee. His critique may surprise you.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; book; business; culture; entertainment; food; happiness; writing; 2008
|Parul Sehgal: An ode to envy - TED.com|
What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” -- that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; book; culture; literature; love; relationships; sex; writing; TEDSalon NY2013; 2013
|A.J. Jacobs' year of living biblically - TED.com|
Speaking at the most recent EG conference, author, philosopher, prankster and journalist A.J. Jacobs talks about the year he spent living biblically -- following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2007; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; humanity; humor; religion; writing; 2007
|Michael Specter: The danger of science denial - TED.com|
Vaccine-autism claims, "Frankenfood" bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public's growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; medicine; religion; science; writing; TED2010; 2010
|Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity - TED.com|
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED2009; arts; creativity; culture; entertainment; poetry; work; writing; TED2009; 2009
|Pico Iyer: Where is home? - TED.com|
More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer -- who himself has three or four “origins” -- meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; happiness; world cultures; writing; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story - TED.com|
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; book; culture; storytelling; third world; writing; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy - TED.com|
James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic -- from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving -- and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits "Aliens," "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Avatar."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; adventure; entertainment; film; nature; oceans; storytelling; technology; writing; TED2010; 2010
|Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue "soft" power - TED.com|
India is fast becoming a superpower, says Shashi Tharoor -- not just through trade and politics, but through "soft" power, its ability to share its culture with the world through food, music, technology, Bollywood. He argues that in the long run it's not the size of the army that matters as much as a country's ability to influence the world's hearts and minds.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; culture; entertainment; global issues; politics; writing; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction - TED.com|
In the 1930s, broadcast radio introduced an entirely new form of storytelling; today, micro-blogging platforms like Twitter are changing the scene again. Andrew Fitzgerald takes a look at the (aptly) short but fascinating history of new forms of creative experimentation in fiction and storytelling.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; literature; social media; storytelling; technology; writing; TEDSalon NY2013; 2013
|Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born - TED.com|
Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; children; education; food; science; writing; 2011
|James Geary, metaphorically speaking - TED.com|
Aphorism enthusiast and author James Geary waxes on a fascinating fixture of human language: the metaphor. Friend of scribes from Aristotle to Elvis, metaphor can subtly influence the decisions we make, Geary says.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; book; language; music; poetry; writing; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm - TED.com|
"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; book; culture; history; humor; science; sex; writing; 2009
|What we learned from 5 million books - TED.com|
Have you played with Google Labs' Ngram Viewer? It's an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxBoston 2011; TED; Talks; Google; data; design; library; technology; visualizations; writing; 2011
|Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How a boy became an artist - TED.com|
When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was a kid, he didn’t play sports, but he loved art. He paints the funny and touching story of a little boy who pursued a simple passion: to draw and write stories. With the help of a supporting cast of family and teachers, our protagonist grew up to become the successful creator of beloved children’s book characters, and a vocal advocate for arts education. (Filmed at TEDxHampshireCollege.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; book; children; design; storytelling; writing; TEDxHampshireCollege; 2012
|Dave Eggers' wish: Once Upon a School - TED.com|
Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; activism; children; collaboration; culture; design; education; entertainment; global issues; writing; TED2008; 2008
|Tod Machover and Dan Ellsey play new music - TED.com|
Tod Machover of MIT's Media Lab is devoted to extending musical expression to everyone, from virtuosos to amateurs, and in the most diverse forms, from opera to video games. He and composer Dan Ellsey shed light on what's next.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; demo; design; entertainment; health care; live music; music; technology; writing; TED2008; 2008